Fulani Jihadist at it Again! When will this Mayhem Stop? Update
It has been reported that on Monday 1st August 2016, three villages around Godogo town, in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State in Nigeria, were invaded by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen, leaving 11 people dead and injuring scores and torching parts of the village. A source from the village informed Vanguard that six men and three women were killed at Gada Biyu, while two men were killed at Akwa’a, with ongoing shootings at Anguwan Anjo at press time. The source said: “Herdsmen invaded Gada Biyu, 2km from Godogodo early Monday morning, they started shooting and burning down houses. People fled in different directions. However, the Police were quick to arrive and the invaders fled into the bushes. “When they left, four corpses were discovered the following day, after combing the bushes, five more dead bodies were found, among thee of whom were women.
It is disheartening that this madness is going on unabated. I actually witnessed the beginning of the conflict during my recent visit to Nigeria. The government knowing that the Fulani Jihadist would certainly galvanise support to unleash mayhem on the indigenous Christian community, should have taken preventive and counter terrorist measures to stem these callous acts. On the other hand, I wonder why the Christian communities would not resort to self defence since it is obvious that the Jihadists are having a field day because they seem to enjoy barking from the authorities covertly or overtly.
And since the issue of grazing reserves has been rejected by all the Christian communities why go ahead with the plans. I hope the governments will see reason to create ranches instead of reserves.
The statements made by one of the victims are no doubt the truth of the intentions of the Jihadist. “We believe that the motive of the attackers is to displace us and take over our lands. In Anguwan Anjo, our surprise is that the Hausa settlers there did not run away. There is a river there full of fish and we fish with them. “Also, since we heard that our villages have become part of Sanga Grazing Reserves, we have not known peace.
A community leader, who did not want his identity revealed, said the suspected herdsmen came back after the police and security operatives had left to burn down the villages.
He said, “When they came to Gada Biyu on Monday morning and killed people, they only burnt part of the village, before the police arrived. At Akwa’a, they could not burn the place, because the police allowed the native youths to join them in chasing out the herdsmen who were over a hundred and well armed. In the same way, Anguwan Anjo was saved.
“The Police were in Anguwan Anjul, but left later in the night. Just as we suspected, the Fulani re-entered our villages and burnt them down. Fortunately, we had all left. There are about 1000 houses in Anguwan Anjo where I come from. Gada Biyu and Kwa’a are smaller villages but they have hundreds of houses there too. All now lie in ruins.
“This is the height of the rainy season, and we cannot return home. They have become much more violent since they were told that our lands are part of the Sanga Grazing Reserves.”
We gathered form a reliable source that on the 3rd of August 2016, a few women were killed by the herdsmen whilst they were farming. How far are they planning to carry out with these merciless, senseless and wicked genocide of defenceless indigenous people?
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